Nordic style interiors: 7 secrets to bringing dark and dramatic vibes home

Be inspired by these Nordic style interiors, just in time for autumn...

Nordic style interiors
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Our love of Nordic style interiors will never end. And, like all trends that hang around for years (hygge is the prime example) we will, every now and then, come up with a new name for what is basically the same style, just with a twist – case in point: new Nordic. 

So, here are a few of the very best New Nordic design ideas to steal from the slightly darker, slightly moodier take on the classic Scandi style... Find more gorgeous Scandi design ideas on our hub page.

1. Add lots of texture to your living room 

You will see that texture is a recurring theme with the Nordic style. As the colours and designs tend to be kept pretty simple, a lot interest comes instead from layering textures. In a living room this obviously means piling up the cushions and throws in all different finishes – fur, sheepskin, chunky knit, the more the better. 

Layering is life

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DFS sofa

(Image credit: DFS)

From multi-level wall decor, to cushion upon cushion, this is a lounge we would happily get lost in on a cold and drizzly night.

Layering is life

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DFS sofa

(Image credit: DFS)

From multi-level wall decor, to cushion upon cushion, this is a lounge we would happily get lost in on a cold and drizzly night.

2. Choose Nordic bedding that has a relaxed vibe

When you're bringing Nordic style vibes into the bedroom – choose bedding that has a texture to it, and combine it with a throw in a similar shade. 

Texture forever

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(Image credit: Lapuan Kankurit)

This super soft grey throw is from Finnish store Lapuan Kankurit, but lucky for us they ship their lovely sustainable products to the UK. The washed out look gives that gorgeous effortless feel that's very Scandi (and yes telling yourself you are embracing the Nordic trend is also a great excuse to not make your bed). 

Love the bedding? It's from Soak & Sleep.

Texture forever

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(Image credit: Lapuan Kankurit)

This super soft grey throw is from Finnish store Lapuan Kankurit, but lucky for us they ship their lovely sustainable products to the UK. The washed out look gives that gorgeous effortless feel that's very Scandi (and yes telling yourself you are embracing the Nordic trend is also a great excuse to not make your bed). 

Love the bedding? It's from Soak & Sleep.

3. Keep the colour palette simple

While the Scandis may have mastered the minimalist white washed everything, take note that they are also proficient in adding just the right amount of colour, usually in the form of cushions, throws and accessories. Just stick to a couple of colours and choose muted hues like blush pink, grey-blue or earthy colours like forest green and ochre. 

White on white

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Arada Stoves

(Image credit: Arada Stoves)

A white living room colour scheme works well, especially if you introduce cooler tones with the odd pastel and dark accessory here and there.

White on white

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Arada Stoves

(Image credit: Arada Stoves)

A white living room colour scheme works well, especially if you introduce cooler tones with the odd pastel and dark accessory here and there.

4. Incorporate darker shades 

This is where the whole New Nordic style slightly varies from the more traditional Scandi inspired rooms you might be more used to seeing. New Nordic definitely incorporates darker, dramatic colour more readily than the light and airy classic Scandi style. 

Teal time

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Scandi lounge

(Image credit: Debenhams)

Create a moody Nordic look by experimenting with deep blue and green paints (something like Farrow and Ball’s Vardo) and mix in elements of lighter wood and statement accessories. 

Teal time

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Scandi lounge

(Image credit: Debenhams)

Create a moody Nordic look by experimenting with deep blue and green paints (something like Farrow and Ball’s Vardo) and mix in elements of lighter wood and statement accessories. 

5. Sculpt and declutter

The new Nordic style is very minimalist. But obviously, it’s not very realistic to live in a home that’s completely void of any un-aesthetically pleasing things, but that’s where clever storage comes in. You can create the illusion of a clean, uncluttered space, when in fact, open any cupboard and you’ll find a Pandora's Box of stuff. 

Sleek and natural

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sewlyn sideboard

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Choose closed storage for your unsightly knick knacks and then invest in a sideboard, like these from Habitat, to keep all your Nordic-approved decorations on show while you hide the rest. 

Sleek and natural

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sewlyn sideboard

(Image credit: Habitat)

Choose closed storage for your unsightly knick knacks and then invest in a sideboard, like these from Habitat, to keep all your Nordic-approved decorations on show while you hide the rest. 

6. Accessorise with nature

Plants are a budget-friendly and effective way to embrace new Nordic design ideas – bring the outside in... 

Green centrepiece

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living room with white scheme by covert house

(Image credit: Covet House)

You only need one indoor plant to create the perfect feature. 

Green centrepiece

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living room with white scheme by covert house

(Image credit: Covet House)

You only need one indoor plant to create the perfect feature. 

7. Just hygge

And there it is, the word you all knew was coming. This is by far the easiest way to add a dash of new Nordic design ideas to your home – choose the perfect lighting, grab a blanket, a cuppa, a book and light a candle for these looks.

Walls of interest

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Bedroom painted with Farrow & Ball

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball )

Colour blocking is a great way to incorporate the trend into your room, without fully committing. Here Farrow and Ball’s Railings has been combined with Estate Eggshell to create a much softer look, made only more so by the folksy printed pillows and the sheepskin throw. 

Walls of interest

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Bedroom painted with Farrow & Ball

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball )

Colour blocking is a great way to incorporate the trend into your room, without fully committing. Here Farrow and Ball’s Railings has been combined with Estate Eggshell to create a much softer look, made only more so by the folksy printed pillows and the sheepskin throw. 

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Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.

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